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History of the Restoration and Conservation of Works of Art


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Preface, Introductory essay, Translator's note, Acknowledgements, Towards restoration, Conservation of works of art in the sixteenth century, Some local traditions in Italy, Gallery pictures, Eighteenth century restorations in Italy and France, Venice and Pietro Edwards, From the eighteenth to the nineteenth century, Restoration from the Academies to Romanticism, Restoration in Italy after the Unification, Final essay by Massimo Ferretti, Bibliography, Index of names, Index of place names and works, Glossary of technical terms (with diagrams)

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Conti (Florence 1946 - Siena 1994). Art historian and academic, passionately involved with conservation and restoration from his earliest days, he was one of the few art historians able to move with ease across the centuries. He taught History and Techniques of Restoration at the University of Bologna for many years, before going on to teach the History of Modern Art at the Universita Statale in Milan, finally moving to the University of Siena where he taught the History of Art Criticism. He died a few days after completing his Manuale del Restauro (Einaudi 1996, 2001) which does not deal with the mechanical aspects of the processes involved as the title might suggest, but attempts to look at the problems within a broader cultural and political context Brought up in Italy before reading Modern Languages at Somerville College, Oxford. Practicing conservator, having trained at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, she works in both France and England. She has taught the scientific and perceptual aspects of paintings and their conservation as well as the philosophical aspects involved to both art-historians and conservators at the Sorbonne and at University College London and has published widely. Currently teaching at the State Academy of Fine Art in Tbilisi, Georgia and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

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